Law & Policy Program: About Current Legal Interns & Externs
Daniel is a native of Franklinton, Louisiana in his third year at the LSU Law Center. Prior to law school, he received a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a Master’s degree in public administration from LSU, focusing on environmental policy and crisis management. His research on the role of social media in increasing socio-ecological resiliency was published in the Journal of Emergency Management. Daniel also worked on coastal restoration and infrastructure policy both as an intern with U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu and as a legislative aide for legislative delegations of coastal parishes at the Louisiana Legislature.
Daniel currently serves as the Senior Articles Editor for the LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources, is the President/co-founder of the LSU Maritime and Admiralty Law Society, and is the Vice President of Judicial Relations for the LSU Law Board of Advocates. His Journal comment on the legal implications of new greenhouse gas emission standards by the International Maritime Organization will be published in Volume VIII of JELR.
Matthew Greene is a Baton Rouge native and second year law student at LSU’s Paul M. Herbert Law Center. Prior to law school, Matthew attended Louisiana State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Minor in Internal Auditing. In his free time Matthew enjoys meditation, yoga, and chess.
While an undergraduate, Matthew spent a summer interning for KPMG in their advisory branch, working with multiple companies in order to ensure compliance with financial regulations. In law school, Matthew worked a summer at the Louisiana Supreme Court as an extern. He now hopes to use the law as a tool to positively affect the coast of Louisiana as well as the environment nationwide.
Taylor Kennedy grew up moving from place to place with her family. As a young girl she was fortunate to have the opportunity to live in Indonesia and was able to visit elephant and orangutan rehabilitation centers. This exposure to animal conservation instilled a love for nature conservation that stuck with her throughout her life.
Taylor attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she received an undergraduate degree in Biology with a concentration in Resource Biology and Biodiversity while playing on the University’s soccer team.
Currently, Taylor is a rising second year law student at LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She is a member of Public Interest Law Society and hopes to use her legal education to help conservation and preservation efforts in Louisiana and throughout the nation.
Cameron King is a second year law student at LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and her family currently lives in Golden, Colorado. Cameron attended the United States Coast Guard Academy and received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Government in 2013. Upon graduation, she received her commission as an active duty Coast Guard officer and went on to act as Deck Watch Officer and Assistant Navigator aboard Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley in Kodiak, Alaska. She later served as a part of the Executive Staff for the Deputy Commandant for Operations and as Command Duty Officer at the National Command Center in Washington, D.C. She left active duty and entered the Coast Guard Reserve in 2018. Cameron currently serves as a member of the Coast Guard District Eight Legal Office in New Orleans.
From assisting in fisheries management enforcement to policy generation for disaster response, Cameron has become increasingly drawn to the challenges manifested at the nexus of admiralty and environmental law in both the public and private sector. She is very excited to possibly work for the state of Louisiana in the future and support the effort towards bolstering the resiliency of our coastal institutions.
Jay Knighton is a rising second-year law student at LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He grew up in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, but currently resides in Baton Rouge. He attended College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he majored in history and was starting center on the football team.
While an undergraduate, Jay spent a spring semester interning for the lobbying firm Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, and Schreck, L.L.P., where he worked on environmental, energy, and natural resources related issues. After a short career in sales, Jay decided to attend law school to pursue a career in environmental and energy law and work closely with environmental legal and policy issues again.
Jay enjoys to go fishing and hunting in his free time and has loved Louisiana’s warm weather and food since moving to Baton Rouge.
Michaila Messenger is a second year law student at the LSU Law Center. She is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, but has been in Baton Rouge for six years. She attended Louisiana State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Coastal Environmental Science. While at LSU, she participated in various research projects, including participating in a research cruise in the Gulf of Mexico to study micro plastics. This research led her to pursue a law degree as a way to continue her work with the environment. Michaila hopes to be able to continue to work in the area of environmental law and looks forward to working with Louisiana Sea Grant to further these opportunities.
Lindsay Rich was born and raised in Perrysburg, Ohio, a suburb of Toledo. She is in her third year at the LSU Law Center. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan, while playing on the university softball team. After graduating from Eastern, she moved to Washington, D.C. to work for Congressman Robert Latta, a senior member on the Energy and Commerce Committee. Her experience in D.C. inspired her to attend law school and led her to discover her passion for environmental law. She hopes to work in natural resource management and plans to return to the Midwest and work with the Great Lakes.
Lindsay currently serves as a Graduate Editor on the LSU Journal of Civil Law Studies, Chairman of the LSU International Law Student Association, and as a board member for the LSU Board of Advocates. She also is a member of the LSU National Environmental Law Moot Court team (NELMCC), and helped contribute to a Top 3 finish in the 2019 competition, out of over 50 universities.